Trump’s Singapore Summit Was Far From Perfect, But It’s Better Than Threatening War

Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell spoke with Huffington Post about the demands made during the Trump-Kim summit.

Those demands resembled what Republicans pushed for when the Obama administration was pursuing negotiations with Iran, but they aren’t realistic, or even necessarily desirable, said Alexandra Bell, a former State Department official who worked on arms control issues. No country is likely to surrender to such intrusive inspections — and it is preferable to dismantle and destroy nuclear weapons in-country rather than ship elsewhere, she said.

Trump told reporters after the meeting that the joint statement signed by the two leaders “is very comprehensive, it’s going to happen.” That’s demonstrably false. The joint statement is vague and contains mostly general promises to work toward peace and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula — promises Kim and his predecessors have repeated over the past several decades. Read more